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Belarus. Joint exercises with Russia have started, fears in Kiev

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Russia and Belarus have started joint military aviation exercises, the Ministry of Defense in Minsk said. The maneuvers are taking place at all airports and training grounds of the Belarusian air force and are to last until February 1.

The Belarusian Ministry of Defense announced in a statement on Monday that “during the exercises, it is planned to develop a wide range of issues, including aerial reconnaissance, joint patrolling of the airspace along the state border, air support for groupings of troops. The ministry did not specify how many soldiers are taking part in the maneuvers.

Joint maneuvers fueled fears in Kiev and in Western capitals about the fact that Russia can use Belarus to launch a new ground offensive against Ukraine Reuters reported. She recalled that since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Belarus had already conducted military exercises, both independently and with Russia.


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Ukraine does not currently see any signs of preparations for aggression from Belarus, but it is counting on such a possibility, spokesman for the Ukrainian border guard Andriy Demchenko said a week ago.

Ukrainian soldiers near the border with BelarusReuters

Independent media have been reporting for a long time about subunits of soldiers and transports of military equipment arriving in Belarus from Russia. According to Reuters, according to unconfirmed reports published on the Telegram website, eight fighter jets and four transport planes arrived in Belarus from Russia on Sunday.

Belarus supports Russia in the war against Ukraine by making its territory available to it. According to independent media, it also provides Russia with arms, ammunition and military equipment.

Main photo source: mil.ru

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